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The AOS would like to thank everyone who has taken the diversity survey, and we appreciate the constructive feedback in the free response sections. The survey (which can be accessed via http://bit.ly/AOSDiversitySurvey) is open until April 30, so please take the survey if you have not done so already and encourage all avian researchers in the Americas to participate (both AOS members and non-members). Increasing diversity within ornithology is a priority of AOS, and our newly-formed Diversity Committee* is working on multiple short-term and long-term initiatives. Starting this year, the AOS is offering travel awards and free membership for individuals from underrepresented groups (more information on these awards and memberships). At the 2017 AOS meeting, there will be a LGBTQ+ Welcoming Reception as well as a diversity symposium featuring speakers from other organizations promoting diversity in STEM fields. The symposium will end with small-group discussions aimed at generating concrete ideas for next steps - we hope to provide a venue for all attendees to provide feedback on ways to promote diversity in AOS. In the meantime, if you have ideas about diversity-oriented initiatives or would like to get involved, please contact the chair of the Diversity Committee, Kevin Omland (email@example.com).
*The full name of the diversity committee is the Ad-hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. We anticipate it transitioning to a standing committee in the next several months.
**For additional reference, The AOS Diversity Statement